Career Pathways in the
Healthcare Industry

If you have a passion for helping people and an interest in problem solving, you are a good candidate for the fast-growing healthcare industry. Whether you are one-on-one with patients or working behind the scenes, healthcare is one of the most in-demand fields with plenty of jobs and opportunities.

First

Requires on-the-job training, work experience, and/or a high school diploma

Job   2015 Avg Hr Rate
Bill and Account Collectors   $10.89
Data Entry Keyers   $13.01

Next

Requires 2-4 years of education beyond high school or on-the-job work experience

Job   2015 Avg Hr Rate
Nursing Assistants   $11.20
Home Health Aides   $10.75
Medical Assistants   $13.62
Childcare Workers   $9.34

Later

Requires 4 or more years of education beyond high school plus work experience

Job   2015 Avg Hr Rate
Physicians and Surgeons   $97.51
Medical and Health Services Managers   $54.80
Physician Assistants   $46.63
Mental Health Counselors   $18.82

First

Programs are middle and high school career exploration or career academy programs

Training Program   Institutions/School
Health Academy  

Workman Middle School

Health Science Academy

Sports Medicine Academy

  Booker T. Washington High School

Health Professions Academy

Sports Medicine Academy

  Pensacola High School
Health Science Academy   Tate High School

Pre-professional Nursing

Sports Medicine Academy

Biomedical Sciences Academy

Academy of Critical Care & Emergency Medicine

  West Florida High School of Advanced Technology

Next

Programs are certifications, technical programs or 2-year degrees

Training Program   Institutions/School

Nursing Assistant

Home Health Aide

Emergency Medical Technician

  George Stone Technical Center

Practical Nursing

Medical Administrative Specialist

Pharmacy Technician

  Locklin Tech*

Certified Nursing Assistant Certificate

Practical Nursing Vocational Certificate

  Pensacola State College

CompTIA Health Care IT Technician

Pharmacy Technician Certification Prep

Health Informatics

  University of West Florida

Later

Programs are bachelor’s, master’s or doctoral programs

Training Program   Institutions/School

B.S. Nursing

B.A.S. Supervision and Administration
- Health Care Management

  Pensacola State College

Biochemistry

Biology (MS and BS)

Biology, Pre-professional (pre-vet, pre-med & pre-dental)

Chemistry

Clinical Laboratory Sciences

Community Health Education (MS and BS)

Doctor of Physical Therapy

Exercise Science

Exercise Science, Fitness & Conditioning

Health Care Administration

Health Care Professional

Health Leisure and Exercise Science (MS)

Health Sciences

Master of Science, Nursing

Nursing: RN to BSN

Pre-Pharmacy, Interdisciplinary Sciences

Psychology

Public Health (MS)

  University of West Florida

*Located in Santa Rosa County

** Program Coming Soon

Organized by Escambia and Santa Rosa Counties

Sources

Florida Department of Economic Opportunity, Bureau of Labor Market Statistics - September 2014
Primary Data Collection - Greater Pensacola Chamber